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Statement from Vince Cable on retirement of Sir Kevin Smith from GKN plc

“I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the significant contribution that Sir Kevin Smith has made to UK industry, on the occasion…

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“I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the significant contribution that Sir Kevin Smith has made to UK industry, on the occasion of his retirement as CEO of GKN plc.

“Sir Kevin has led GKN for the best part of a decade, delivering growth, increased productivity and diversification even in the face of one of the most challenging business periods in the company’s 250 year history.

“He has played an active role in championing the UK manufacturing sector globally, as a UK Business Ambassador, as Chairman of the Government’s Manufacturing Forum, and as a member of the UKTI Asia Task force and the Aerospace Business Leaders Group.

“And in addition, he has supported the work of Government in previous roles as an adviser to the Board of GCHQ, and as a member of the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Smart Procurement.

“I would like to thank Sir Kevin for the considerable contribution that he has made to UK industry, and wish him every success for the future.”

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Published 20 December 2011